What are Comice Pears?
Comice Pears are a variety of pear created in the mid-1800s in France. The official name of the Comice is ?Doyenne du Comice?. Since that time, it has come to be produced commercially in the United States. The four most common pears produced in the US are: Anjou, Bartlett, Bosc and Comice. Many people are familiar with Anjou, Bartlett and Bosc, but little is known of the Comice. Of the four, the Comice pear makes up only about 1% of the total pear production. It is definitely the gem in the pear family.
Comice pears were initially characterized by their pale yellow/dull green skin with the occasional russet red blush of color. Over time, however, Comice pears have seen an increase in the amount of red color and today some Comice are almost completely red. Comice pears can grow to be very large and therefore are prized as a gift fruit. The shape of the Comice is more broad, round and squat than the more common varieties of pear. Clothed in an extremely delicate skin which easily gives way to the delectable interior, the Comice reveals why it is considered to be the juiciest and sweetest of all pears. Many consider the Comice to have a creamy, velvety texture that is far superior to the other pear varieties.
Nutritionally, pears are commonly grouped with apples. They do, however, stand up very well in comparison to apples. Despite their juiciness, Comice pears contain approximately 18% fiber (significantly more than an apple). The entire pear is edible with the exception of the seed and stem. For those that struggle with allergies, pears are almost hypo-allergenic when compared to other fruits. Pears also contain vitamin C, pectin and boron. The high levels of pectin found in the pear could be beneficial in inhibiting certain types of cancer while the boron aids in calcium retention in the body.
Because of their delicate nature, the Comice pear does not lend itself to cooking and is best consumed raw. Comice pears should be stored at room temperature and not chilled for lengthy periods as chilling detracts from the juicy sweetness of the pear. The best way to determine when the pear is ready to be eaten is by placing gentle pressure on the neck area of the fruit. When it gives slightly to the touch, the Comice is ready.
The Comice is an excellent addition to a salad, especially when paired with walnuts, blue cheese and olive oil. Adding some chopped chicken breast can turn the simple salad into a sumptuous entree. Other options include pairing the Comice with cheese such as Brie, Camembert, or Stilton as an excellent way to end a meal.
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